Travel Blogs from Sofia, Bulgaria

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Boxing Day, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Boxing Day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... icon of St George & the Dragon. The latter was something I'd been thinking of buying for myself ever since I arrived in Bulgaria (St George is popular here, so his image often appears in icons). The shop was small, but still managed to have two ...

Thracian treasure, wonderful pizza, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Thracian treasure, wonderful pizza

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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After resting a while in our room after our Mount Vitosha excursion, we headed out to the Archaeological Museum, because Dave hadn't been before at all and I hadn't been since October so I wanted to see if a) the wonderful Thracian treasure troves were ...

Mum returns to the UK, I stay on in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Mum returns to the UK, I stay on in Sofia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... for weeks or even months! Budapest was already on my priority-to-visit list. I'm definitely going to visit after I finish in Bulgaria next summer.   A couple of jobs needed doing after that; topping up my Bulgarian phone at a Vivacom shop and getting ...

Dave arrives - ready for 3 weeks of adventure!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Dave arrives - ready for 3 weeks of adventure!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Yesterday I returned to Sofia and checked into my old favourite, Hostel Mostel. The journey from Skopje went smoothly and the border crossing was quicker. Once I'd checked in, I walked down the road to another old favourite - a particular pizza kiosk/ ...

Back to Sofia - Dave arrives for Christmas, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Back to Sofia - Dave arrives for Christmas

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... of fir tree, branches from another type of tree (which I think it traditionally brought inside the house at Christmas in Bulgaria) and other branches which had ribbons, stringed popcorn, (I think) sheep's wool, and other decorations attached. I think ...

28 Days Later, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

28 Days Later

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... The cops come to our compartment, ask the two old dears who had been crossing themselves for the last ten minutes where they're from... "Bulgaria" they say in unison. "OK", the guy says.... Then to me. "British", say I. "WHAT?" "Er, English?" "OK" ...

Thracian treasure troves, colourful Orthodoxy..., Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Thracian treasure troves, colourful Orthodoxy...

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... restaurant was pretty touristy but there were Bulgarian groups there too. Its menu consisted of recipes taken from every monastery in Bulgaria and consisted of a great many funny English mistakes.   Back at the hotel we watched an episode of 'Who Do ...

How We Ended Up In A Sofia Strip Club Is......, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

How We Ended Up In A Sofia Strip Club Is......

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... . We were at this bar called Upstairs which has a balcony looking over the main street - ideal for drinking and people watching. Sofia rightly earns it's Lovely Women Also tag. After a few hours and many drinks, we moved on to find to our horror that ...

Last stay in Sofia; the Ladies' Market calls, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Last stay in Sofia; the Ladies' Market calls

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... in all my previous visits to Sofia, so I was particularly keen to go. Not only was this Dave's last time in Sofia, it was mine as well. When I leave Bulgaria in a few days' time, it will be by train from Gorna Oryahovitsa, a town five minutes' drive from ...

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site :-D, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site :-D

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... it was originally built as a mosque by the Ottomans, back in 1528, before being abandoned in 1878 at the Liberation of Bulgaria and used as a military warehouse and prison. It wasn't converted into a Christian church until the early 20th century. Inside ...

Sofia and Rila Monastery, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia and Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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A bus and cab ride later we were in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. The weather had turned horrible and cold again so we had to pull out the gortex. There were no Bulgarian grannies to meet us at the bus station so we had to find a hostel. Our first dorm ...

Arrival, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Arrival

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Everything went smoothly on arrival in Sofia, apart from a few minutes of what-is-going-on confusion at the bus station, when the right bus hung around for a few minutes, didn't allow anyone on and then drove away, leaving me and everyone else waiting ...

Into Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Into Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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He Said: So after an interesting (and surprisingly relaxing) fourteen hour train ride we arrived today in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Having a private sleeping car makes riding the rails quite pleasant! It was sort of a strange coincidence that ...

Sites, sun and mojitos, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sites, sun and mojitos

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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Took a cushy bus to Sofia today...walked through the construction site in the hotel lobby to our triple room, battling dust and other musty smells, had lunch at Micky d's...saw 3 historical churches including one from Roman times, the ...

Only a brief visit to Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Only a brief visit to Sofia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Dave's flight left Sofia at 21.55 last night, so on arrival at the central bus station we took a taxi straight to the airport from there. I say 'straight' but we actually had a bit of time to kill, so we had some dinner at the main café first. Pizza and ...

Not too much happening in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Not too much happening in Sofia

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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3 weeks of catching up over coffees and beers. A lot of coffees and a lot of beers. That was ...

afternoon/evening in Hostel Mostel, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

afternoon/evening in Hostel Mostel

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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Dave arrives - the Black Sea beckons!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Dave arrives - the Black Sea beckons!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... got stamps for the postcards she'd just written. Our next port of call was the Rotunda. It is the oldest building in Sofia and looks incredible, the ancient red bricks, the unusual shape and the Roman ruins behind it contrasting greatly with the ...

SNOW!!!  - Long journey to Sofia though!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

SNOW!!! - Long journey to Sofia though!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... their leaves still on. When we passed by fields, quite often I couldn't tell where the fields ended and the sky began.   I arrived in Sofia at about 10 pm and got ripped off a treat by the taxi driver, who took me on a much more roundabout route than ...

The Istanbul Islands, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

The Istanbul Islands

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... and out of the city. After saying our so longs to Debra and Kim, Phin and I head to the train station and hop on an overnight to Sofia to start a 3-day train adventure through what would turn out to be some very interesting landscapes... ...

Money-changing in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Money-changing in Sofia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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A short time in Sofia to change buses - a much smoother process than I was expecting. I'd heard that I might have to get my ticket to Skopje from Serdika bus station, rather than the central one; my only previous experience of Serdika being my ...

National Revival Day, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

National Revival Day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... to the outside wall.   The Ethnographical Museum was interesting, just as I thought it would be. I didn't know that Bulgaria was a major silk producer in Ottoman times, after silkworms were introduced to Byzantium from China. It didn't say exactly ...

Back in Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Back in Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I managed to doze off for a while on the plane but still felt very sleep-deprived on arrival in Sofia. The taxi journey to the central bus station was uneventful and this time I had no problems getting a ticket for the next bus to Veliko ...

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... Let's Go Europe 2003" (not ideal, but useful for places that won't warrant individual guidebook purchases), and bought a bus ticket to Sofia, Bulgaria for the next morning. The bus trip yesterday was long (9 hours) and dull, and it was broken up only ...

Sofia the no-man land, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia the no-man land

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... , alcohol unimaginably cheap.  It is Saturday night and Sofia supposedly has good night life, but we should get some beauty sleep for tomorrow's trip.  We are visiting the best sightseeing place in Bulgaria: Rila ...

Sofia - A Balkan Oasis, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia - A Balkan Oasis

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... , but I did it anyway. Perhaps because I could. Chapter 2 When trains pass through the rugged border crossing between Bulgaria and Serbia and Montenegro, the Bulgarian border guards meet the train, collect everyone's passport and then walk one kilometre ...

Entering Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Entering Europe

A travel blog entry by jambo

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... great English, Tanzanians and Kenyans likewise. Things dropped off as we went up through the Middle East and dropped another level in Bulgaria. And we know that very few people over the age of 25 speak any English at all in Slovakia. Having said that, ...

Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... , rila, meeting with nikolay minkov uconomics, abandoned factories and hand labor in fields from train, harvesting hay. Sofia trams. Playing music, walking around the churches and streets, belowground stores, Hostel Mostel to Rila, Divaka restaurant, ...

Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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ˇ Sofia, Bulgaria ˇ GMT +2:00 hours Entry to ...

The End of Eastern Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

The End of Eastern Europe

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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... were leaving before whenever arrived.  Anyway, Transylvania was awesome, not to be missed in Romania. Our train to Sofia in Bulgaria was physically uncomfortable, but quite fun.  We couldn't get a sleeper cabin, so sat in a compartment with ...

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